Saturday, November 01, 2008

Saturday Carnival of Christian Fiction

My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Saturday Carnival of Christian Fiction.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

There are many outstanding characters in the books we read but often there's that one special character we remember for a long time. Sometimes it's because we relate to them, or maybe we were going through something similar to what they experienced. Or maybe they are just the sort of person we wish we were.
Who is the most memorable character in Christian fiction for you and why?

I can tell you who's NOT my favorite Christian fiction character! There are a lot of them. Unfortunately these are usually from older books where the Christians are always sadly portrayed as pushovers. Women never think for themselves and always have to fall in love with a guy (especially one that treats them horribly but since they're a Christian then they have to be good). Now that's all changed. There are some very likable even quirky and hilarious characters that are out there in Christian fiction. No more boring cookie cutter, have to witness to everyone in the world to turn or burn, Christian stereotypes.

There are lots of characters that I've enjoyed over the recent years. But I'd have to go with an unlikely choice and pick Ivy Malone from Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone series. She is the spunkiest, coolest grandma detective you will ever meet. Think Jessica Fletcher was a tough cookie? Well Ivy wears thongs and toe rings!
She is not your typical grandmother, she isn't old fashioned, she's welcome to change. She's curious as all get out and she's not afraid to speak her mind. I would have loved to hang around with her. She totally sticks in your mind because she is a unique three dimensional character.

For my reviews of books 2-4 in the series click here.


  1. I'm glad Christian fiction has improved so much. I wouldnt have enjoyed it being so cheesy.

    Oh my gosh! That sounds like one cool grandma! I'm going to have to read that.

  2. Yes Christian fiction has changed. I stopped reading it for a while.

  3. Hey, Deborah, I'm glad to participate in a meme with you. Even though we've used different words, we've pretty much said the same thing.

  4. Hi Deborah, I too am glad you mentioned the change from pushover characters to those with more strength! Quite an improvement, and a better representation of faith!

    Here's mine:
    Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle

    :) Wendi

  5. Strong characters rock!!!

    Weak characters don't :-(


  6. I, too, am so glad CF has improved! I will have to check out Ivy Malone.

  7. Deborah,
    I am not familiar with this character or series. However, I do know what you mean about the characters being pushovers. I like how their not like that anymore in Christian fiction.

  8. I've never read these books, but now I'll have to...thanks Deborah!


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